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Does My Child Need Braces? Philadelphia, PA
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Every parent would like to see their child have a healthy, beautiful smile with straight teeth. Misalignment or a bite that is off in a young child may not be readily recognized by an untrained eye. On the other hand, your child may have misalignment or bite issues that are clearly visible and you may be wondering when you should make the trip to the orthodontist.

The Cases for Braces

There are several reasons a child may eventually need braces. Crooked, overlapping or crowded teeth or malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite,” may require braces to improve the function of the teeth. If your child has an overbite or underbite, braces are used to correct the problem. If the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, the child will have an overbite. The reverse situation produces an underbite.

Problems with the alignment and bite can be caused by early loss of primary teeth, thumb sucking or staying on the bottle too long, or due to an accident. Many of these problems are hereditary. If you or a family member wore braces, your child may need them as well.

Most often, your child’s regular dentist will identify a developing problem and suggest a visit to the orthodontist. Some children will visit the orthodontist as early as the age of six. The American Association of Orthodontists suggest that children should have that visit at least by age seven.

Getting An Orthodontic Checkup At Least by Age Seven

When you have your child’s teeth examined before age seven, the orthodontist is able to identify subtle problems in jaw growth. Some of the primary teeth are still present and permanent teeth are emerging or about to erupt. The orthodontist has special training that allows him or her to identify issues in their earliest stages.

Your child’s orthodontist can let you know if there is a developing problem or if your child’s bite is fine. If treatment is needed, the orthodontist will tell you at what age it should begin. There may be an issue that can be addressed with early treatment that can prevent more serious problems from developing. Early intervention sometimes makes treatment shorter or less complicated later on.

In some cases, examining the teeth early can make a big difference. There are situations where addressing a problem before the jaw stops growing provides better results than waiting until the child is older.

At Broad Street Braces, we are committed to providing the best treatment for correction at the most appropriate age. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our orthodontists.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!